Kaikoura Forest & Bush Walks

A great selection of walking tracks in Kaikoura suitable for the whole family. Ohau Stream & Waterfall track is a favourite among locals and visitors alike. Get up close to baby seal pups and watch them play in the river and waterfall pool!

Ohau Stream & Waterfall

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Duration of walk: 20 minutes return
Start location: SH1 15 minutes drive north of Kaikoura

Key highlights:

  • Small picturesque waterfall
  • Sometimes in the winter months there may be a group of young playful seal pups swimming in the waterfall pool.

Please note:

Seals are fascinating to watch and enjoy respectfully from a safe distance. Should you encounter a seal, please follow these guidelines:

  • Stay at least 10m away from all seals and keep dogs and small children under control at all times.
  • Do not feed seals.
  • Do not touch seals.

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Hinau Track

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Duration of walk: 45 minute loop walk
Start Location: 10 minute's drive from Kaikoura township starts at the base of Mt Fyffe- carpark

Key highlights:

  • Well formed track
  • Suitable for families
  • Unusual forest with varieties of natives
  • A picnic area at the carpark has great views over Kaikoura

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Puhi Puhi Reserve

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Duration of Walk: 30 minutes return
Start Location: 12kms north of Kaikoura up the Puhi Puhi Valley

Key highlights:

  • A well-marked loop track
  • Scenic reserve

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